Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Bird Origins

Birds are older than you (or Alan Feduccia) think.

1 comment:

Neutrino said...

I remember a discussion of this work (or possibly something corroborating it) from a while back where someone speculated on the possibility of early falconiformes predating upon pterosaurs, since they would have been around at the same time.

Rather overenthusiastic IMO; no reason to think that the early, basal falconiformes were aerial predators like todays are. Oh, and the pterosaurs around at the time were huge. 10+ meter wingspans and all.

The skies of the late cretaceous must have been fantastic to see though; modern birds living alongside archaic grades, and pterosaurs thrown in too.

-R. A. Wilderson